Nevada Sen. Dean Heller (R) is in a rather unique position: he's the only Republican senator up for re-election this year in a state Donald Trump lost. He also has a track record of deep skepticism towards his party's president, declaring in mid-2016, "Today, I'm opposed to his campaign.... I'll give him a chance, but at this point, I have no intentions of voting for him."
That was then; this is now. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the other day that Heller has had a change of heart.
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., readily admits he "wasn't one of the biggest supporters" of President Donald Trump during the 2016 election. "I didn't know him. He didn't know me."
But now that the two know each other better, Heller told the Review-Journal, they have a "much closer relationship."
Heller, it's worth noting, is facing a primary challenge from perennial GOP candidate Danny Tarkanian -- a contest that the incumbent is apparently concerned about.
But the Nevadan is hardly the only one making comments like these. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said of Trump in 2016, "I think he's a kook. I think he's crazy. I think he's unfit for office." The South Carolina senator has since taken a sycophantic turn in the president's direction.
"I've gotten to know him better," Graham said on CBS's "Face the Nation" over the holiday weekend. "He asks a lot of good questions."
Two weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters, "Regarding the president's tweeting habits, I haven't been a fan until this week. I'm warming up to the tweets."
A day earlier, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), by some measures Trump's fiercest GOP critic, told Fox News he had "a newfound empathy" for his party's president and his contempt for American journalists.